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At just $7.25 an hour, or roughly $15,080 per year, the current federal minimum wage is leaving millions of hardworking Americans in poverty.There is not a single state in America where a worker earning the current federal minimum wage can afford an aver

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JL A (281)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 8:57 am

Tell Congress: Raise the minimum wage

At just $7.25 an hour, or roughly $15,080 per year, the current federal minimum wage is leaving millions of hardworking Americans in poverty. There is not a single state in America where a worker earning the current federal minimum wage can afford an average two-bedroom apartment by working a standard 40-hour work week.1

The fight to raise the minimum wage is about more than boosting pay for millions of the country's lowest-paid workers - it is also a matter of restoring human dignity.

Tell your Representative: Co-sponsor the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 to raise the minimum wage.

We have seen some genuine momentum for the fight to raise the federal minimum wage in recent weeks. President Obama reignited this fight by declaring his commitment to raise the minimum wage during his State of the Union address. Then, two key members of the Congressional Democratic Leadership - Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California - introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, a strong proposal that increases the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 and indexes it to inflation thereafter.2

While we have been working with our allies, including Progressive United, National Employment Law Project and others, to push for a vote on this legislation in the Senate, but now it's time to raise the heat on the Republican leadership in the House. Your member of Congress hasn't yet co-sponsored the bill, so we need constituents like you to help build support for the Fair Minimum Wage Act that provides America's lowest-paid workers with an urgently needed raise that will also boost the consumer spending that fuels our economy.

Tell your Representative: Co-sponsor the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 to raise the minimum wage.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act is significant for a number of reasons. First, it would generate more than $32 billion in new economic activity, translating to 140,000 new full-time jobs as higher sales lead businesses to hire more employees, according to estimates by the Economic Policy Institute.3

Second, the legislation will index the minimum wage so that it automatically increases every year, giving workers a raise they can count on without having to wait for Congress to act. At a time when corporate profit margins in the U.S. economy are at an all-time high, employees' wages as a percent of the economy have hit an all-time low.4 Raising the federal minimum wage rate so that it at least keeps up with inflation is the least this Congress can do to address this out-of-control economic disparity, and provide much-needed relief to millions of Americans.

Third, the Fair Minimum Wage Act remedies an injustice that has persisted for decades - the freezing of the minimum wage for tipped workers at a meager $2.13 per hour. It would raise the tipped minimum wage to 70% of the federal minimum wage and thereafter, index it as well. This is of particular importance for women workers, who make up a disproportionate part of not just the low-wage work force, but the tipped workforce as well.5 Thus, raising the minimum wage, especially the tipped minimum wage, is an essential component of the ongoing fight to close the wage gap.

Lastly, raising the minimum wage is a necessary and common-sense step to take during a fragile economic recovery. According to a recent study, disproportionate numbers of new jobs created in the current economic climate are jobs in low-wage occupations like cashier and food preparation, where the minimum wage sets pay scales.6 With the economy still struggling, Congress needs to use every tool available to ensure the quality of new jobs created, so that we have a meaningful recovery - and nothing will have greater impact than increasing the minimum wage for all workers.

It is crucial for us to generate support for the Fair Minimum Wage Act in the House because it will provide broader momentum for increasing the minimum wage in both chambers of Congress.

The more members of Congress sign on to his legislation, the more attention the issue will generate at the federal level, giving a boost to Miller's effort to get an up-or-down vote on his bill in Congress.

Thank you for speaking out in support of working-class Americans.

1. National Low Income House Coalition, "REPORT: Out of Reach 2012: America's Forgotten Housing Crisis," March 14, 2012.
2. Kenneth Quinnell, "Miller & Harkin Introduce Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10," AFL-CIO Now, March 5, 2013.
3. David Cooper and Doug Hall, "Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would give working families, and the overall economy, a much-needed boost," Economic Policy Institute, March 13, 2013.
4. Henry Blodget, "Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low," Business Insider, June 22, 2012.
5. Restaurant Opportunities Center United, "Tipped Over the Edge - Gender Inequity in the Restaurant Industry,", February 13, 2012.
6. National Employment Law Project, "The Low Wage Recovery and Growing Inequality," Data Brief, August 2012.

Shirley B (5)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 9:41 am
We both signed, TY

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 9:44 am
Glad I've already signed this some time ago as again it arrived signed J Angell ^^

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 9:49 am
ATTENTION: if you receive this petition form with the PREFILLED signature that is NOT YOURS, then please use
this CREDO petition link

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 10:15 am
You cannot currently send a star to Shirley because you have done so within the last day.
Thanks Angelika! I keep forgetting about Credo's unhelpful help!

Sue H (7)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 10:24 am
Noted and sad to have to sign, thanks.

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 10:26 am
You are welcome Sue. You cannot currently send a star to Sue because you have done so within the last day.

Autumn S (151)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 11:28 am
signed and noted, thanks JL

Kit B (276)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 12:52 pm

Signed and tweeted. For working one hour, you can buy 2 gallons of gasoline, or one gallon of milk and one cheap loaf of bread. Are we crazy? The United States can not remain competitive with other countries when our workers don't make enough to support themselves much less a family. Raise the price of a pizza by 15 cents, most Americans can't buy them anyway.

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 1:03 pm
Thanks for sharing Kit! You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.

Terry V (30)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 5:15 pm

Katrina & Willi D (90)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 5:46 pm
These minimum wage companies will still limit the hours worked, to 20 or 30 hrs --20 X $10.10 =$202. or 30 X $10.10 = $303 still doesn't cover rent, car, gas, insurance for the car, Elec, heating, Groceries,, maybe babysitting if children. I am sure the politicians voting against this would not be able to live on it! These companies do this limiting hours so they don't have to pay benefits this is terrible. People want to work more than that just aren't allowed. They would rather have more people (hire More) than use the ones they have. I know of this happening!!

John B (185)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 7:45 pm
Thanks J.L. Signed and noted.
"Your signature has been submitted."

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 8:17 pm
You are welcome Terry and John. Thanks for the examples Bill and Katie. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 8:59 pm
Noted and signed

Sara Williams (8)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 11:09 pm
The current minimum wage is a joke considering the cost of rent, food, gas, etc. It's impossible to live independently anymore. All my coworkers either live with their parents, family members, or share places with others. None of us can afford to live on our own without struggling with our other bills. Gladly signed.

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:10 am
Noted, thanks.

JL A (281)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 7:38 am
You are welcome Kerrie.You cannot currently send a star to Sara because you have done so within the last day

Robert O (12)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 9:42 am
Signed! Thanks a ton!

Judith Hand (55)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:07 pm
Noted, signed and commented pretty harshly.

Ken AWAY L (28)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:24 pm
signed and noted ,THANKS. JL.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:10 pm
Would have loved to sign, but does not let me. Thanks

JL A (281)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:19 pm
You are welcome Robert, Ken and Birgit. Thanks for trying Birgit.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 6:48 pm
S & N hey maybe we should become slaves voluntarily, that way big mastah pay for house and food and hopefully won't beat us too badly. Oh wait a minute it is already happening, well not the volunteering part but take a hard look at all of central California's worker/slaves and Florida's sugar plantations are just as bad.

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 9:30 pm
It's time to decrease the salaries of our politician, YESTERDAY.
Let's start with:
Great healthcare
Generous retirement benefits, after only 5 years
Hefty salaries, with cost of living increases.
A separate allowance of up to $900,000 on salaries for up to 18 permanent employees
Office expenses up to $250,000 to $3,300,000, depending on which house and state
As many senate offices in federal buildings in their home state as they want
The list goes on and on, but I won't bore with any more details..

Speaker John Boehner is the highest paid legislator, living or dead. He makes $223,500 and he will get an additional benefit of up to $1 million per year, for up to 5 years, after he leaves office, according to a little known law.

Haven't you noticed, that regardless of their financial positions when entering Congress, they all leave millionaires.

Lynn S (235)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 11:32 pm

Raise the minimum wage to a living wage. Take people above the poverty lline.

Emma S (239)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 3:43 am
Done! Thanks, JL.

JL A (281)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 8:08 am
You are welcome Emma. Stars were sent where I could for great comments. You cannot currently send a star to Emma because you have done so within the last day.

Ben O (170)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 8:26 am
Done. (I've signed a few other petitions as well) And make the minimum wage $15 an hour for a start!

Ludger W (71)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 8:42 am

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 4:01 pm
Signed, sent & noted. Thanks, JL.
A raise in the minimum wage was recently attached as an amendment to the SKILLS Act, authorizing a jobs training program. 6 Dems. already voted against this: Barrow, Matheson, Owens, Peterson, Schrader, & McIntyre. How are we ever going to get a living minimum wage passed with Dems like this?!

JL A (281)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 6:47 pm
You are welcome Lois. We need to hope it was for a reason other than the fact of raising the wage for those 6.You cannot currently send a star to Lois because you have done so within the last day

James Maynard (84)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 10:13 pm
Done JL! Thanks!

Aaron Gallo (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 2:02 pm
Come on republicans, support a raise in the federal minimum wage!

Aaron Gallo (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:03 pm
By raising the minimum wage to a more livable amount, less people will be in need of food stamps!
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